A vigil has been held in the Brisbane park where 21-year-old French student Sophie Collombet’s body was found.
The rape and murder of French student Sophie Collombet struck close to home for many.
Two thousand people, mostly strangers, have marched through Brisbane on Thursday to the inner city park where the 21-year-old’s life was brutally cut short.
The sounds of bagpipes floated across the Brisbane River at the makeshift memorial adorned with a French flag and photos of Ms Collombet’s welcoming face.
From a village in the valley of the French Alps, the young Frenchwoman yearned to not only learn languages but to live them.
She’d travelled to Denmark and Germany and was due to return home to her family and boyfriend in June.
Her close-knit family spoke of their grief in a eulogy read on their behalf by family friend Roselyne Trott.
“Oh little one, you feared nothing,” it read.
“Be you our daughter, our sister, our love or our friend, you exist in every blink of the eye in every little flower in every break of dawn.
“You knew how to make the most of each beautiful moment that made up your life but this life has already come to an end.”
Ms Collombet was walking home from a night class at Griffith University when she was attacked on the edge of the busy South Bank precinct in a CCTV blind spot.
Her naked and battered body was found in Kurilpa Park by an early morning jogger the next morning, March 28.
Amongst the solemn ceremony there were moments of exasperation.
Griffith University spokesman Neils Kraaier addressed mourners and questioned how such a public attack could occur in a “self-proclaimed new world city”.
“We owe it to Sophie that Brisbane is not only safe as a brochure but safe in reality as well,” he said.
Renee Harper said she had walked the same path on the night Ms Collombet was murdered.
She wanted the community to turn out in force and unite against violence.
“That we won’t cower down and fear this,” she said.
“We don’t want the animals to win.”
The man wanted over Sophie’s murder was taken into custody on Monday.